Postmenopausal Symptoms

Andrea Reiche, MD

OB-GYN located in Van Nuys, CA

Even though it’s a natural part of the aging process, perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal symptoms can cause a great deal of anxiety. The caring providers at Andrea Reiche, MD, Inc. provide comprehensive healthcare for women in Van Nuys, California. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and need help with symptoms before, during, or after menopause, call Dr. Reiche’s office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment today.

Postmenopausal Symptoms Q & A

What is postmenopause?

When your body ceases ovulation around mid-life, and you stop having your monthly periods, you’re in menopause. For most women, menopause has three distinct stages:

  • Perimenopause, describes the decade prior to menopause when your body begins decreasing the production of estrogen and your periods become irregular
  • When a year passes without a period, you are said to be in menopause
  • Postmenopause, is the stage following menopause when you haven’t had a period for more than 12 months

During your postmenopausal years, most of the symptoms you experienced during perimenopause and menopause slowly resolve. If your problems linger, talk to Dr. Reiche about treatment options or lifestyle changes that may help.

What are some postmenopausal symptoms?

Thankfully, most of the well-known menopause symptoms, like hot flashes, moodiness, and fatigue get better on their own, but the decrease in estrogen production puts you at risk for several other health conditions, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dry skin
  • Bladder control issues
  • Memory problems

Talk to your provider about ways you can protect yourself against these new risks and optimize your overall health.

Do I still need to see a gynecologist after menopause?

Absolutely. It’s still imperative that you get regular preventive screening tests like Pap smears, pelvic exams, and mammograms to detect problems before they progress. Dr. Reiche discusses your needs with you and maps out a care plan that meets your health goals and needs.

What can I do to stay healthy after menopause?

To stay healthy after menopause, it’s important to be proactive and observe any symptoms that may arise. Here are some general guidelines that the providers at Andrea Reiche, MD, Inc. suggest as you reach the end of menopause and move into your postmenopausal years:

  • Eat a whole-food, plant-rich diet that minimizes sugars and processed foods
  • Replace refined carbohydrates with unprocessed carbohydrates
  • Avoid smoking
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Minimize stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink plenty of water

In addition, include regular checkups at Andrea Reiche, MD, Inc. as part of your wellness routine. For comprehensive postmenopausal and well-woman care, book a visit at Andrea Reiche, MD, Inc. by using the online tool or calling the office.